After continued speculation into the eligibility and statuses of Indiana freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, an NCAA decision has finally come forth.
The pair must sit out for the first nine games of the season per the ruling, which will make them eligible to take the court for the Hoosiers on Dec. 15 against Butler.
The ruling against the two freshmen seems somewhat baffling at first glance. It may seem continuously baffling even after understanding the NCAA’s ruling. The decision was based off “permissible expense” in relation to a $185 donation that was made by a Mark Adams 20 years ago. Adams was listed as an Indiana booster.
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas tweeted his thoughts on the situation, calling it a “Fail” on the NCAA’s behalf.
In turn, Indiana does plan to appeal the ruling, but given the timing of the situation, it’ll be tough to see either of them on the court prior to Dec. 15.
Given the facts of the situation, the NCAA is making their case, but in turn it’s presenting an effect in which more players suffer. Jay Bilas, in my opinion, hit the nail on the head with his tweet.
The Hoosiers’ heralded freshmen class has taken some hits this fall as Tuesday’s ruling comes on the heels of a late August decision by the university not to admit fellow-signee Ron Patterson. Patterson has since moved forth in heading to prep school for this season and actually pledged his decision to Syracuse this past weekend.
While the decision weakens the Hoosiers’ depth and rotation early on in the season, Indiana should be just fine progressing forward. The Hoosiers open up the season on Friday, Nov. 9 against Bryant.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse